Kentucky/Tennessee Players Quotes

[B][COLOR=#000000][FONT=Arial Narrow][B]2011 Kentucky Football[/B][/FONT][/COLOR][/B] [COLOR=#000000][FONT=Arial Narrow][B]Kentucky vs. Tennessee[/B][/FONT][/COLOR] [COLOR=#000000][FONT=Arial Narrow][B]Lexington, Ky. — Commonwealth Stadium[/B][/FONT][/COLOR] [COLOR=#000000][FONT=Arial Narrow][B]Nov. 26, 2010[/B][/FONT][/COLOR] [COLOR=#000000][FONT=Arial Narrow][B]Post-Game Quotes[/B][/FONT][/COLOR] [COLOR=#000000][FONT=Arial Narrow][B][/B][/FONT][/COLOR] [CENTER][COLOR=#000000][FONT=Arial Narrow][B][U]Kentucky Players[/U][/B][/FONT][/COLOR][/CENTER] [COLOR=#000000][FONT=Arial Narrow][B][U][/U][/B][/FONT][/COLOR] [COLOR=#000000][FONT=Arial Narrow][B]#3 Matt Roark, WR/QB[/B][/FONT][/COLOR] [COLOR=#000000][FONT=Arial Narrow][B][/B][/FONT][/COLOR] [COLOR=#000000][FONT=Arial Narrow][I]On his overall thoughts on the win … [/I][/FONT][/COLOR] [COLOR=#000000][FONT=Arial Narrow]“I never expected to do anything like that. Not the part of beating Tennessee, but the me quarterbacking part. It was good. I felt really comfortable out there.”[/FONT][/COLOR] [COLOR=#000000][FONT=Arial Narrow][/FONT][/COLOR] [COLOR=#000000][FONT=Arial Narrow][I]On when he learned he was going to be the starter … [/I][/FONT][/COLOR] [COLOR=#000000][FONT=Arial Narrow]“They told me last Sunday after the game. I figured it was going to be maybe one or two series, and maybe some key plays during the game. On Monday I was like ‘this is for real’. On Tuesday, we were at the meetings, and I was still thinking I was just going to do ‘Wildcat’ plays. Then coach told me I was going to be the quarterback and I was excited.”[/FONT][/COLOR] [COLOR=#000000][FONT=Arial Narrow][/FONT][/COLOR] [COLOR=#000000][FONT=Arial Narrow][I]On how hard it was to play this game … [/I][/FONT][/COLOR] [COLOR=#000000][FONT=Arial Narrow]“It wasn’t that hard. My teammates knew, and that’s who I’m with all the time. We were really excited. I really wanted to tell me family. I know they have a big mouth, and my friends tweet all the time so I didn’t want to tell all of them.” [/FONT][/COLOR] [COLOR=#000000][FONT=Arial Narrow][/FONT][/COLOR] [COLOR=#000000][FONT=Arial Narrow][B]#9 Ryan Tydlacka, P[/B][/FONT][/COLOR] [COLOR=#000000][FONT=Arial Narrow][B][/B][/FONT][/COLOR] [COLOR=#000000][FONT=Arial Narrow][I]On his thoughts with Matt Roark at quarterback … [/I][/FONT][/COLOR] [COLOR=#000000][FONT=Arial Narrow]“We didn’t have anyone else. What else could we really do? We were all happy that he pulled it out.”[/FONT][/COLOR] [COLOR=#000000][FONT=Arial Narrow][/FONT][/COLOR] [COLOR=#000000][FONT=Arial Narrow][I]On Joker keeping Roark starting a secret … [/I][/FONT][/COLOR] [COLOR=#000000][FONT=Arial Narrow]“He never said anything about not telling people, but I think we all decided we didn’t want to tell anyone. We knew we wanted to win and keep it as quiet as possible.”[/FONT][/COLOR] [COLOR=#000000][FONT=Arial Narrow][/FONT][/COLOR] [COLOR=#000000][FONT=Arial Narrow][I]On what the win means … [/I][/FONT][/COLOR] [COLOR=#000000][FONT=Arial Narrow]“It’s unbelievable going out there and it was unbelievable going out the way I did today and having the season I did today. It was really windy, and it was tough. I think I did my job today.”[/FONT][/COLOR] [COLOR=#000000][FONT=Arial Narrow][/FONT][/COLOR] [COLOR=#000000][FONT=Arial Narrow][B]#22 Danny Trevathan, LB[/B][/FONT][/COLOR] [COLOR=#000000][FONT=Arial Narrow][B][/B][/FONT][/COLOR] [COLOR=#000000][FONT=Arial Narrow][I]On his overall thoughts … [/I][/FONT][/COLOR] [COLOR=#000000][FONT=Arial Narrow]“I just want to say that this is a blessing. I love this team. I feel like we took care of business today. It’s been 26 years. That’s too long for anything. I think we played our hearts out today. I feel like we played one of our best games.”[/FONT][/COLOR] [COLOR=#000000][FONT=Arial Narrow][/FONT][/COLOR] [COLOR=#000000][FONT=Arial Narrow][I]On what he expected coming into today … [/I][/FONT][/COLOR] [COLOR=#000000][FONT=Arial Narrow]“Everybody felt it. I felt it during the game and before the game. It was an emotional game, and my last game. I never thought this day would come. I think there are some young guys that are trying to go get it, and I think they are going to go get it next year.”[/FONT][/COLOR] [COLOR=#000000][FONT=Arial Narrow][/FONT][/COLOR] [COLOR=#000000][FONT=Arial Narrow][/FONT][/COLOR] [COLOR=#000000][FONT=Arial Narrow][I]On if he trusted Matt Roark at quarterback … [/I][/FONT][/COLOR] [COLOR=#000000][FONT=Arial Narrow]“I knew Matt (Roark) was a baller and he just liked to play football. He loves the game. He played quarterback for the first time since high school. He can run and he is big and athletic. I think he performed well today.”[/FONT][/COLOR] [COLOR=#000000][FONT=Arial Narrow][/FONT][/COLOR] [COLOR=#000000][FONT=Arial Narrow][B]#40 Avery Williamson, LB[/B][/FONT][/COLOR] [COLOR=#000000][FONT=Arial Narrow][B][/B][/FONT][/COLOR] [COLOR=#000000][FONT=Arial Narrow][I]On the defense turning around in the final two weeks of the season following the Vanderbilt loss…[/I][/FONT][/COLOR] [COLOR=#000000][FONT=Arial Narrow]“We didn’t have anything to lose. We wanted to send the seniors out on a high note. It was a huge game for us. We knew that if we lost this year it would just devastate the whole team. We had to go out (on top).”[/FONT][/COLOR] [COLOR=#000000][FONT=Arial Narrow][/FONT][/COLOR] [COLOR=#000000][FONT=Arial Narrow][I]On the seniors making huge plays on the final Tennessee offensive drive…[/I][/FONT][/COLOR] [COLOR=#000000][FONT=Arial Narrow]“Just giving their last effort. It’s like I told Ronnie (Sneed), it was my series to go in, I said, ‘Ronnie, go ahead and take it, man. It’s your last time playing for UK.’ I wanted him to get that feeling. These seniors, they knew this was their last go around. Some of them might get a shot at the next level, some of them might not. I feel like they just gave it all they had. They gave it 100 percent.”[/FONT][/COLOR] [COLOR=#000000][FONT=Arial Narrow][/FONT][/COLOR] [COLOR=#000000][FONT=Arial Narrow][B]#46 Ronnie Sneed, LB[/B][/FONT][/COLOR] [COLOR=#000000][FONT=Arial Narrow][B][/B][/FONT][/COLOR] [COLOR=#000000][FONT=Arial Narrow][I]On knowing that they could beat Tennessee…[/I][/FONT][/COLOR] [COLOR=#000000][FONT=Arial Narrow]“I just had faith in my team. I could see it in everybody’s eyes. The seniors wanted to go out with a win and the younger guys wanted to help us leave with a win. It was something everybody wanted to do. We knew we needed to do it. We wanted to stop them from going to a bowl. We stepped up and played a great game.”[/FONT][/COLOR] [COLOR=#000000][FONT=Arial Narrow][/FONT][/COLOR] [COLOR=#000000][FONT=Arial Narrow][I]On what makes this group so special…[/I][/FONT][/COLOR] [COLOR=#000000][FONT=Arial Narrow]“I believe it’s the team chemistry. I’ve never been on a UK team that has had such a tight bond. These guys are like my brothers. Everybody feels the same way about each other. We are always willing to go out and lay it on the line and fight for each other all the way to the end, and that’s what we did.”[/FONT][/COLOR] [COLOR=#000000][FONT=Arial Narrow][/FONT][/COLOR] [COLOR=#000000][FONT=Arial Narrow][I]On if their hopes and beliefs waivered knowing a wide receiver would be starting at quarterback…[/I][/FONT][/COLOR] [COLOR=#000000][FONT=Arial Narrow]“No, not at all, not at all. The coaches know what they’re doing, the offense was confident in what they were going to run this weekend. I knew it’d be fine. I just thought, maybe the defense will have to step up a little bit more than usual. Hey, that’s fine. We went out there and executed the game plan. Everything went great.”[/FONT][/COLOR] [COLOR=#000000][FONT=Arial Narrow][/FONT][/COLOR] [COLOR=#000000][FONT=Arial Narrow][I]On the seniors making so many big plays in this game…[/I][/FONT][/COLOR] [COLOR=#000000][FONT=Arial Narrow]“That’s what I felt like should have happened. We want to win, the young guys follow our lead and it was just time to make plays. We knew this was the last time we were going to be together, the last time we were going to play in front of our fans at Commonwealth Stadium, and we wanted to go out with a bang.”[/FONT][/COLOR] [COLOR=#000000][FONT=Arial Narrow][/FONT][/COLOR] [CENTER][COLOR=#000000][FONT=Arial Narrow][B][U]Tennessee Head Coach Derek Dooley[/U][/B][/FONT][/COLOR][/CENTER] [COLOR=#000000][FONT=Arial Narrow][B][U][/U][/B][/FONT][/COLOR] [COLOR=#000000][FONT=Arial Narrow][I]Opening statement … [/I][/FONT][/COLOR] [COLOR=#000000][FONT=Arial Narrow]“Well real bad ending to a real bad season. It’s hard to say much more than that, our biggest fears were realized. We were miserable in the first half on offense and had a chance in the second half but just couldn’t execute. Give Kentucky a lot of credit. They played a lot more inspired football than we did. Now we have to begin our climb up because I did believe we were going to hit a place that wasn’t good. We were headed in this direction all along and just couldn’t fight our way out of it. Real disappointing but we’re going to have to learn from it and begin our climb in the offseason when we get back.”[/FONT][/COLOR] [COLOR=#000000][FONT=Arial Narrow][/FONT][/COLOR] [COLOR=#000000][FONT=Arial Narrow][I]On not making a bowl game … [/I][/FONT][/COLOR] [COLOR=#000000][FONT=Arial Narrow]“It’s very disappointing; something that shouldn’t happen at Tennessee and hopefully it’s something that won’t happen again soon.”[/FONT][/COLOR] [COLOR=#000000][FONT=Arial Narrow][/FONT][/COLOR] [COLOR=#000000][FONT=Arial Narrow][I]On Kentucky seeming to play more inspired … [/I][/FONT][/COLOR] [COLOR=#000000][FONT=Arial Narrow]“I think our execution was just so poor. That’s probably a better way of saying it. Our quarterback really struggled in the first half especially. Lethargic, he was sick all week. We thought he’d be a little better. He struggled so we were going to give him one more quarter in the third and he made a couple plays so we decided to stick with him but we just couldn’t execute it.”[/FONT][/COLOR] [COLOR=#000000][FONT=Arial Narrow][/FONT][/COLOR] [COLOR=#000000][FONT=Arial Narrow][I]On the final drive …[/I][/FONT][/COLOR] [COLOR=#000000][FONT=Arial Narrow]“I thought we would be able to make enough plays to get it down there and win the game but it wasn’t our day.”[/FONT][/COLOR] [COLOR=#000000][FONT=Arial Narrow][/FONT][/COLOR] [COLOR=#000000][FONT=Arial Narrow][I]On the Kentucky quarterback situation …[/I][/FONT][/COLOR] [COLOR=#000000][FONT=Arial Narrow]“We thought they might come out in a wildcat but didn’t know it was going to be the whole game so we had to sit there and basically play wing-T football. We had two drives that we probably shouldn’t have given up. They had 217 yards on offense, we were 4-of-15 on third down, and we only had 61 rushing yards. We’re just not very good and I’ve been saying that all year so I don’t really know what to say.”[/FONT][/COLOR] [COLOR=#000000][FONT=Arial Narrow][/FONT][/COLOR] [COLOR=#000000][FONT=Arial Narrow][I]On Tennessee’s defensive performance …[/I][/FONT][/COLOR] [COLOR=#000000][FONT=Arial Narrow]“Yeah they did good, but they had a receiver at quarterback and ran it every time. We missed a lot of tackles. We fumbled the ball and they went 80 yards on a drive. On a quarterback boot one time our guy was right there and ran back in coverage, I don’t know why. They had a sweep on third and 15 and we had a guy right there miss a tackle. We played like a team that is not very good and we’re not. That’s what we are.”[/FONT][/COLOR] [COLOR=#000000][FONT=Arial Narrow][/FONT][/COLOR] [COLOR=#000000][FONT=Arial Narrow][I]On the end of the Tennessee win streak against Kentucky…[/I][/FONT][/COLOR] [COLOR=#000000][FONT=Arial Narrow]“Certainly you don’t want it on your watch but it happened and there’s not much we can do about it now except try to start another one.”[/FONT][/COLOR] [COLOR=#000000][FONT=Arial Narrow][/FONT][/COLOR] [CENTER][COLOR=#000000][FONT=Arial Narrow][B][U]Tennessee Players[/U][/B][/FONT][/COLOR][/CENTER] [COLOR=#000000][FONT=Arial Narrow][B][U][/U][/B][/FONT][/COLOR] [COLOR=#000000][FONT=Arial Narrow][B]#37, Brian Randolph, DB[/B][/FONT][/COLOR] [COLOR=#000000][FONT=Arial Narrow][B][/B][/FONT][/COLOR] [COLOR=#000000][FONT=Arial Narrow][I]On UK wide receiver Matt Roark playing quarterback … [/I][/FONT][/COLOR] [COLOR=#000000][FONT=Arial Narrow]“We game planned a little bit for it. We knew he was a high school quarterback. When we saw him warm up, we weren’t too surprised.”[/FONT][/COLOR] [COLOR=#000000][FONT=Arial Narrow][/FONT][/COLOR] [COLOR=#000000][FONT=Arial Narrow][I]On the Coach Dooley saying that Kentucky was more inspired than their team … [/I][/FONT][/COLOR] [COLOR=#000000][FONT=Arial Narrow]“They had nothing to lose. I think we came out and we were inspired also.”[/FONT][/COLOR] [COLOR=#000000][FONT=Arial Narrow][/FONT][/COLOR] [COLOR=#000000][FONT=Arial Narrow][I]On if the team believed they could make a comeback during the fourth quarter … [/I][/FONT][/COLOR] [COLOR=#000000][FONT=Arial Narrow]“We all had confidence in our offense and we thought they were going to put on some points and then it was pretty surprising at the end.”[/FONT][/COLOR] [COLOR=#000000][FONT=Arial Narrow][/FONT][/COLOR] [COLOR=#000000][FONT=Arial Narrow][B]#23, Prentiss Waggner, DB[/B][/FONT][/COLOR] [COLOR=#000000][FONT=Arial Narrow][B][/B][/FONT][/COLOR] [COLOR=#000000][FONT=Arial Narrow][I]On if the defense provided a breakthrough in the game … [/I][/FONT][/COLOR] [COLOR=#000000][FONT=Arial Narrow]“I wouldn’t necessarily call it a breakthrough; I just call it doing our job. We knew once we did our job, we could give our offense as many chances as they could to get the ball in the end zone.”[/FONT][/COLOR] [COLOR=#000000][FONT=Arial Narrow][/FONT][/COLOR] [COLOR=#000000][FONT=Arial Narrow][I]On how it felt to not be able to stop Kentucky even though they only had six passes … [/I][/FONT][/COLOR] [COLOR=#000000][FONT=Arial Narrow]“It was really frustrating. Throughout the whole game we were just looking to get the ball to the offense as many times as we could.”[/FONT][/COLOR] [COLOR=#000000][FONT=Arial Narrow][/FONT][/COLOR] [COLOR=#000000][FONT=Arial Narrow][I]On having to end the season on a loss to Kentucky… [/I][/FONT][/COLOR] [COLOR=#000000][FONT=Arial Narrow]“It was really down in the locker room as expected after a big loss like that. We couldn’t get the seniors out on a good note so that’s the main thing we are disappointed about.”[/FONT][/COLOR]

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